Ever since my family moved to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain nine years ago, we’ve wanted to ride “the Trace.” The Tammany Trace used to be a railroad track long ago. After the train stopped running through St. Tammany Parish, the old track lay unused for years. Developers came in and tore up the train tracks and paved a beautiful 31 mile bicycle path that runs through several towns in the parish.
My husband and I were always waiting to be able to purchase another bike, so that each family member would have one in good working order. Then, we had a little one. We waited for him to be able to ride without training wheels. This past weekend was absolutely beautiful. The temperature was a sunny 85 degrees with a pleasant breeze. We still did not have enough bikes, so we decided to rent one. It was very reasonable, at only $15 for half a day.
Finally, we hopped on our bicycles and traveled the eight mile bike path back to our car. It may have been my fatigued, forty-four year old body, but the ride home surely seemed mostly uphill and against the wind! I just moved a bit more slowly to compensate!I was so proud of myself and my youngest that we made the 16 mile trip without having to be picked up by car. At the end of the lengthy ride, we went out for burgers because we were starving!! The day was wonderful. Strangely, it felt like a mini vacation. When we were on that trail, we were surrounded by trees and a myriad of wild flowers and plants. We heard lots of different bird calls. Every once in a while, the wind would blow in a whiff of jasmine. It was a trip that was good for the body, mind and soul!